A MUM will be running the London Marathon on April 23 to raise money for Basingstoke Counselling Service.

Angela Cavanagh, 39, works for it as a service administrator.

She has dealt with post-natal depression twice after the birth of her daughters Hermione and Verity in 2006 and 2008, where counselling services helped her cope.

“So far, the furthest distance I’ve ever run before is 17.5 miles, so 23 is a big step up,” Angela said.

“I’m quite confident that I can do this and get up to speed, even though I’ve never particularly sporty person, unlike Gareth, who does a lot of cycling.

"Just to finish the race will be worth it. I’ve set no particular time to do it in, but I think I can manage it in six hours. I’ve done the Race for Life before, but this is the next level up.

“The girls have even been joining me in some of the training.

“Even though they only join me for about two miles, they still put in an impressive effort, considering that they are ten and eight.

“The service can really help someone when they’re in need, and it’s really important to me that I raise as much as I can so that they can continue doing their good work.

“It feels really rewarding to be doing this, it’s such a winwin situation, as I’m doing my bit and also helping this cause that I really believe in. Even though I’m not a counsellor myself, I know the hard work they do.”

Angela has nearly achieved her target of £1,800 for the service, but is looking for the final push to reach the top.

To help Angela in her cause, you can donate here: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/angelacavanagh